Feliz Fiestas Patrias!
Today marks 191 years of Peru’s independence from Spain. Peruvians are very patriotic people who love their food, music, history and just culture in general. Flags have been flying all over the city of Lima since the beginning of July and people proudly wear their escarapelas and escudos on their chest. The country has literally been draped in red and white since the beginning of July.
Día de la Independencia (28th) and Fiestas Patrias (29th) is a time of parades and lots of patriotism. Last week, I went to a parade organized by a large supermarket chain.
And tomorrow, there is a huge military parade through the streets of downtown Lima that Billy and I are going to.
So today, as Peruvians celebrate a proclamation of independence made by José de San Martín 191 years ago (or more likely a day to celebrate how much they love their country), I say feliz día Perú!